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directed by John Lasseter
USA 1999

In "Toy Story 2," the fun and adventure continues when Andy goes off to summer camp and the toys are left to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody who unbeknownst to himself is a highly valued collectable. It's now up to Buzz Lightyear and the gang from Andy's room - Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm - to spring into action and save their pal from winding up as a museum piece. There's plenty of excitement and fun as the toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get home before Andy does.

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Andy heads off to cowboy camp leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al's Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody. At Al's apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called Woody's Roundup, and he meets the other prized toys from that show, Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys from Andy's room, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody before Andy returns.

 

Pixar are not simply making a great animated film here... these films will last for generations of adults and children. Unlike, say a Shrek, there is no dated humor that will prove stale as the flavors of the week pass on. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 deal with, at its most basic root, the universal interaction of children and toys - their imaginative communication and playful reflections and musings as adults. It is this development of imagination that molds children into the people that we now are. It can instill compassion and respect and no film in the history of cinema has expressed that importance better than the Toy Story films. What makes them so wonderful are the ability to appeal to both kids and adults. I easily put Toy Story 2 in my Top 100 DVDs of all time.... and is the most played DVD in my household. 

Gary Tooze

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Theatrical Release: November 13th, 1999

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Comparison:

Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC vs. Toy Story 2 (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC vs. Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC LEFT

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Disney / Pixar

Region 1, 4  - NTSC

Disney / Pixar

Region 1 - NTSC

Disney / Pixar

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:32:15 1:32:12 1:32:23.579
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.81 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.26 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 42,989,022,755 bytes

Feature Size: 24,122,732,544 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.35 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

2-pack with Toy Story 2

 

Bitrate:

 

Special Edition

 

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Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, THX Surround EX, DUBS: French, Spanish

English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 2.0) DUBS: French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)  

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4025 kbps 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 4025 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital EX Audio French 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital EX Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2078 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2078 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Subtitles English, and none English (Hoh), French, Spanish and none (For Director's commentary too) English (Hoh), French, Spanish and none (For Director's commentary too)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Disney / Pixar

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Academy Award-Winning Short: Tin Toy
Disc One: Toy Story
• Academy Award-Nominated Short: Luxo Jr.
• Outtakes
• Monsters, Inc. Sneak Peek

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 2000
Double Thick Keep Case

Chapters 35

Release Information:
Studio: Disney / Pixar

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Intro (1:34)

• Commentary by directors and principals

• Which Toy are You game

• Making of Toy Story (8:10)

• Deleted Scenes

• Behind the Scenes

• Easter egg of humorous unincluded scene
• Number of discs: 2

DVD Release Date: December 26th, 2005

Double slim Keep Case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 36

Release Information:
Studio: Disney / Pixar
 

Disc Size: 42,989,022,755 bytes

Feature Size: 24,122,732,544 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.35 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Disc 1 - Blu-ray

• Sneak Peek at Toy Story 3 (4:00)
• Audio commentary

• Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs - Blast Off! (3:43)
• Paths to Pixar - Artists (4:24)
• Studio Stories - Sleep Deprivation Lab (1:25)
• Studio Stories - Pinocchio (2:15)

• Studio Stories - The Movie Vansihes (2:32)
• Pixar's Zoetrope (1:58)
• Celebrating Our Friend Joe Ranft (12:46)
• Learn How to take Your Favorite Movies On the Go (1:00)

BD-LIVE
 

Disc 2 - DVD

• same extras as on SE DVD

Blu-ray Release Date: March 23rd, 2010
Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 35

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION- Disney - Region FREE - Blu-ray  March 2010:  Firstly, there is also a package of this film in a DVD Keep case HERE - for the exact same price. The edition I am reviewing is housed in a standard Blu-ray case (inside slip-case) - although I suspect content is exactly the same with both also including the second disc DVD.

When you put the disc in you select your language (English, French or Spanish) and then you are directed to the appropriate menus. The film language versions are seamlessly branched to bring onscreen signs/text in relation to the language you have selected.

Good grief this looks good. This comparison exemplifies the huge difference between SD-DVD and Blu-ray.

Like my review of the Blu-rays of Toy Story, I think is also one of the most impressive looking and sounding discs I own. Color and detail jump to life - much more than I anticipated. This will be one of my first choices to demo my system to friends. As we have said in the past - digital animation is that it is essentially flawless - it should have none of the common deficiencies that we can find when transferring live-action film to high-definition digital - things like edge-enhancement or noise removal manipulation. Haze and blurriness are intentional effects to create the perception of motion. Out-of-focus experiences are simply created to make the true focal object more primary to our vision. By rendering digital animation to Blu-ray we should be able to obtain the highest accuracy of the original. This is a prime example and I'll wager it actually looks better than theatrical - dependant on your individual system. It is easily the absolute best I have ever seen the medium look on my plasma. Hopefully the screen captures will bear this out.

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at a healthy 4025 kbps is equal to it's predecessor, Toy Story on Blu-ray, in the purity of the sound. effects are incredibly crisp zipping to the rear channels and seemingly all over the room. The audio remains as 'reference' as the video with effects producing incredibly dynamic range. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

We get the same commentary but an hour's worth of new material - all in HD and another plug for the highly anticipated Toy Story 3 running 2-minutes longer than the one in the Toy Story Blu-ray. In the Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: - Episode Two: The International Space Station – Buzz reports back about his adventure to the International Space Station for a brief 3 3/4 minutes. Paths to Pixar: Artists – In this series of shorts, Pixar artists talk about their career path and share advice to aspiring filmmakers and animators. Studio Stories: A series of amusing anecdotal shorts about life at Pixar. “Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab” gives audiences a short inside peek into the intense time pressures under which the Toy Story 2 editors found themselves. “Studio Stories: Pinocchio” shows an impromptu competition between the animators to decorate their workspace by throwing toys into the ceiling running 2 1/4 minutes. “Studio Stories: The Movie Vanishes” tells how a mischievous technical error almost erased all of Toy Story 2 from the computer system. Pixar’s Zoetrope - A look at the creation of the live-action zoetrope that Pixar created to capture the principles of animation in a live sculpture. Celebrating our Friend Joe Ranft - is a 12-minute tribute to beloved Disney and Pixar story man, the late Joe Ranft, regarded as one of the industry's most gifted story artists. The Blu-ray disc is BD-LIVE enabled (untested at the time of review). Ohh.. and the disc has the ability to restart where you last left off (this is not the player bit the disc itself).

I was suspecting that the 2nd disc DVD would simply be the first disc from the last special edition, but actually is standard for Disney Blu-ray releases, the package comes in a 2-Disc combo pack that includes an additional copy of the film on standard definition DVD.    

Along with Toy Story, this is the most beautiful looking and sounding disc I own. My two kids sat hypnotically - even after all this time. I can't wait for The Incredibles and Finding Nemo but as it stands this Blu-ray gets our highest ever recommendation. It seems this is the gold standard at present. You won't, ever, be disappointed in your purchase.

 - Gary Tooze

 

 

ON THE DVDs: The new special edition is sharper and overall has a superior image. The commentary is good and the extras are extensive. Its a dynamite package of a wonderful timeless film that generations of your family will enjoy. We strongly recommend.
 

*****

 

This Special Edition, 2-disc, releases indeed has improved in a few important areas, but for many the image and audio benefits will only be marginally felt (if at all). We made the assumption that the original single box release is the exact same edition as in the 2-pack (with Toy Story). Noted detail differences are here:

 

- The Special Edition DVD is brighter and sharper, but more noticeable on extensive zooming-in (projection users will also notice if they look very closely). It is more vibrant for even on a tube.

- to my ear the audio in the DTS track is superior and more dynamic.
- the new release has a commentary and extensive additions (see above listing)

- THX optimizer for audio + video

- optional subtitles are still yellow, but more prominent in the new Special edition.

                           

 - Gary Tooze

 



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1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Disney/Pixar -Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC TOP

2) Toy Story (2-disc Special Edition) - Region 1- NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Disney/Pixar - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Extras: Blu-ray

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Distribution

Disney / Pixar

Region 1, 4  - NTSC

Disney / Pixar

Region 1 - NTSC

Disney / Pixar

Region FREE - Blu-ray





 

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